Journey to Wellness in Indian Country: "Our spirit doesn't speak English"

Mar 12, 2018

Melissa Boyd and two of her mentors for her Fellowship, Dr. Brenda Child and Lee “Obizaan” Staples
Credit Melissa Boyd

When Melissa Boyd started her Ojibwe language studies with elders, she discovered she was learning more than words.

For one thing, her studies were teaching her things about herself as an Anishinabe person; things that weren't included in public school or even tribal school curricula.

She believes that part of low Native graduation rates have to do with missing pieces of their education: students don't learn about themselves, their issues, their community, their strengths and their history.

In other words, kids are being taught a program that wasn't intended for them in a language that wasn't intended for them.